Total loan: $4,725

Las Guerreras Group

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Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Santa Cruz, Bolivia / Food

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A loan helped to purchase an oven and kitchen supplies to expand her business.

Las Guerreras Group's story

Rossmery is a 33-year-old woman who lives with her partner. She has 5 sons, ages 5, 7, 9, 7, and 13 years, and a one-year-old daughter. She has a business selling “tujuré.” She endures indifference and mistreatment, and searches for a calm and simple life to help those who have marked her greatest steps in life. Her business is located in the “Cotoca” area, which is where the sanctuary of the Virgin of the same name can be found. Each year a pilgrimage takes place in honor of her miracles. Rossmery has young, bright, smooth skin for the area’s climate, with captivating black eyes, and a steady, penetrating gaze. Each sentence she speaks is a verse of beauty and elegance because her native tongue is Guarani, which her mother sang in her ear when she was young. She shares this language only with her Guarani family, and speaks Spanish in her daily life. She is the third from the right, wearing black and holding her baby. She shares her life with her partner, who works in agriculture, and her children who study in school. They live in a brick house that they are paying for, which will soon be theirs. They have electricity because that is the only service that exists in that area. The desire to expand her business led her to lead the communal bank. The businesses of the other members are: boiled beverage sales, moto-taxi service, yucca pastry sales, cane syrup sales, ceramic crafts, used clothing sales, and natural healthcare product sales. Her business is the sale of “tujuré,” which is a corn based drink similar to “mazamorra” (corn porridge). It is served as breakfast or desert, and can be sweet or savory. When it’s sweet, it’s mixed with milk, and when it’s savory it’s mixed with a piece of cooked and roasted beef. “I am looking to expand my business selling food to increase my family’s income…,” she comments. Her business is successful because it is well-known for its good preparation. The advantage of her business is that she is thinking of expanding it to sell other food. The disadvantage is that she doesn’t have an adequate oven to do her work. Her dream is to have her business in her home. She hopes to buy an oven to cook. This is her first loan with the institution in the 9 years that she’s been working in this business. It is for these reasons that Rossmery is requesting a loan to purchase an oven and kitchen supplies to expand her business.